Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Until 2011

Phew, after a long tough slog through exams, I needed a couple of days to snooze and recover.
I am waking up only briefly from my well-deserved nap to wish everyone a wonderful, relaxing and also well-deserved break.

I still need a great deal more napping (I am a cat, after all) if I am to be ready for the ardors of the New Year. So, a quick reminder, after 5pm tonight (Wed., 12/22), the Library will be closed. I mean really CLOSED - that is no 24/7 access. We will reopen on Monday, January3 at 9am.

So, to paraphrase a famous line . . .

"Happy Christmas [holidays and New Year] to all, and to all a good-night!"

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Congress Repeals Ban Against Gays in the Military

Congress on Saturday, December 18, 2010, by a vote of 65 to 31 struck down the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military. The current "don't ask, don't tell" policy had been passed under the Clinton Administration, which allowed gay men and women to serve in the military as long as they kept their sexual orientation a secret. Political leaders have been trying to ban this policy arguing that it creates discrimination and has caused more than 13,000 men and women to be expelled from the military based on sexual orientation. The new law will be signed next week by President Obama. Read the full news article here.

Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat